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  • Title: ASA : Advancing Legal Medical Marijuana Therapeutics and Research
    Descriptive info: .. DONATE.. Sign Up!.. Sign up with:.. Facebook.. Twitter.. Email.. Home.. About.. ASA Board.. Staff.. ASA Sponsors.. Job Opportunities.. Links & Partner Organizations.. Medical.. Resources for Patients.. Resources for Medical Professionals & Researchers.. Legal.. Legal Information By State & Federal Law.. Facing State or Federal Charges?.. Patient and Provider Legal Information.. Provider Resources and Support.. Brief Bank.. Return of Property.. Resources for Policy Makers.. Find an Attorney.. Publications.. ASA Reports.. ASA Condition-based Booklets.. ASA State Legal Manuals.. Newsletters.. Crowdfund Publications.. News.. Blog.. Events.. Press.. Request an Interview.. ASA in the News.. Press Releases.. Advocacy.. Take Action Online Now.. Local Advocacy Resources.. Work With ASA.. Campaigns & Projects.. Vote Medical Marijuana.. The Medical Cannabis Advocate's Training Center.. Raid Center.. Join.. Become a Member.. Membership Benefits.. Become a Sponsor.. Join the ASA Legal Team.. Become a Volunteer.. Donate.. The Gift that Keeps on Giving.. Help support Safe Access by Purchasing an ASA Cloud Vape Pen.. More.. Peace for Patients.. Peace for Patients: End the War on Medical Cannabis.. What is Happening in Your State?.. Get Involved With Efforts Near You.. Become a Sponsor.. Our work is made possible with support from our members and Sponsors.. Information For:.. Patients.. Information about the medical use of cannabis, legal information, and practical tools and guides for those using or considering cannabis therapeutics.. Learn More.. Legal Professionals.. Overview of federal and state laws concerning medical cannabis, information on defending medical cannabis cases, and brief banks.. Medical Professionals.. Information for medical professionals who use or wish to us medical cannabis therapies in their practice.. Policy Makers.. Information for policy makers on drafting and implementing patient-centric medical cannabis legislation and  ...   enforcement that’s supposed.. ASA Blog.. Stakeholders speak out to defend state's 15-year-old law and urge legislators to preserve, strengthen patients rights.. Nov 13, 2013.. Kris Hermes.. Seattle, WA.. -- Patient advocates and various stakeholders will hold a press conference today at 4pm at Saint Martin's University in Lacey to draw attention to this evening's.. statewide public hearing.. on the fate of Washington's 15-year-old medical marijuana law and to urge policymakers not to dismantle a program.. Recommendations are part of statewide public comment period, culminating with Nov.. 13th public hearing.. Nov 08, 2013.. -- Medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) filed.. recommendations.. yesterday for the Washington State legislature, based on a.. series of patient and provider stakeholder meetings.. held last week in Bellingham, Olympia, Seattle, Spokane, and Yakima.. The stakeholder input, which strongly urges the legislature.. Arkansans for Compassionate Care kicks off campaign with music festival on November 9th in Eldorado, AR.. Nov 07, 2013.. Little Rock, AR.. -- Medical marijuana advocates.. Arkansans for Compassionate Care.. (ACC) and Americans for Safe Access (ASA) have joined forces to put an initiative on the 2014 ballot.. The Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act (AMCA) is a comprehensive blueprint for establishing and regulating a medical marijuana program run by.. Tweets by @SafeAccess.. Connect on Twitter.. Connect on Facebook.. Become A Member of Americans for Safe Access Today!.. Americans for Safe Access.. 202.. 857.. 4272.. Oakland • Los Angeles • DC.. info@safeaccessnow.. org.. Sitemap.. Sign in with:.. Back To Top.. Copyright 2013 Americans for Safe Access.. Created with.. NationBuilder.. | Built By.. BRM Designs.. Designed and Integrated With The Nationbuilder Platform by BRM Designs.. Contact Us.. Close..

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  • Title: About - Americans for Safe Access
    Descriptive info: About.. About Americans for Safe Access and Americans for Safe Access Foundation.. Our Mission:.. Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and Americans for Safe Access Foundation (ASAF) share the mission of ensuring safe and legal access to cannabis (marijuana) for therapeutic uses and research.. ASA works with our grassroots base of over 50,000 members to effect change using public education and direct advocacy at the local, state, and federal level.. ASAF trains and educates patients, advocates, health care professionals and other stakeholders.. ASAF also provides direct legal support and uses impact litigation to protect and expand patients’ rights.. Until ASA stood up for access, the national debate around medical cannabis was focused solely on the legality and ethics of arresting and prosecuting patients for cannabis use.. That experience is real, but reflected only a fraction of the experiences that patients and this community were having on a daily basis.. ASA brought the patient's voice to the table, and we shifted the debate to the real concerns of patients: legal access to medicine and patients' civil rights.. We created a vision for what safe access should look like, and the legal framework to support that vision through the passage of state and local laws and numerous court battles.. Our extensive monitoring of implementation has helped thousands of patients to navigate the legal system, held law enforcement accountable for their actions, and established major policy changes.. On Capitol Hill, we have fought back against attempts to further undermine our state laws, and we continue to work with members of Congress and the Administration to resolve the federal conflict.. Cultivating a thorough understanding of the complex realities "on the ground" has been the key to catalyzing empowerment and collective action.. We cannot create good policy without including the voices and experiences of patients and those who provide them with access to care.. That is what ASA members have brought to this movement and that is what we can bring to the states and country as a whole.. Our Goals:.. Resolve federal and state conflict on medical cannabis laws.. Ensure safe and legal access to medical cannabis (therapy and research) throughout the nation.. End stigma and discrimination associated with medical cannabis use and research.. Regulate cannabis like an herbal medicine.. Our Beliefs:.. Cannabis has medical value.. Safe access to medical cannabis is a human right.. Cannabis is an herbal medicine and should be regulated as such.. All laws and regulations should promote and preserve biodiversity of the cannabis plant, including regulatory modifications for genetically modified cannabis.. Regulation of medical cannabis should be separated from broader legalization.. The Drug War is a failed policy, and medical cannabis laws should not increase penalties or create new crimes.. We should expand the body of scientific knowledge about medical cannabis, including research, better treatment, improved health care policies, and legal protections.. The best advocacy is done by those who are affected, so policy should be patient-driven.. Our History:.. ASA Executive Director Steph Sherer founded ASA in 2002 with the purpose of building a strong grassroots movement to protect patients and their rights to safe and legal access.. At the time, there were only eleven medical cannabis dispensaries in the nation, and the Bush Administration had declared war on them.. ASA began as a coalition of drug policy and HIV/AIDS organizations joining together in a campaign to highlight the actions of the Bush administration in California.. Asa Hutchinson was the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) at the time, and so the campaign got its name: “ASA v.. Asa.. ”.. The heart of the ASA campaign was a nation-wide emergency response to federal raids in California.. We created.. “raid-preparedness”.. trainings for medical cannabis providers and began organizing nationally to prepare people for action.. In June of 2002, the new coalition took the offensive and held protests in fifty-five cities across the country.. ASA protesters served the DEA “Cease and Desist” orders from our community.. In October of 2002, ASA organized a statewide stakeholders meeting to identify the needs of patients in California.. Following the conference, we launched the CA Campaign for Safe Access to begin implementing Proposition 215, the voter initiative that legalized medical cannabis in 1996.. We created our.. Patients Rights’ Project.. to educate and defend medical cannabis patients that same year.. This work  ...   functioning access models.. ASA took this input to our staff and advisors and created “Legislating Compassion,” our citizen-advocates guide for developing policies for our community.. We also created model state and local legislation and launched the.. Medical Cannabis Policy Shop.. to provide professional assistance to local and state organizers.. While state medical cannabis laws vary tremendously, the needs of patients remain consistent across the nation.. The need for accurate and authoritative information on crafting laws for patient access is growing daily.. While many regulations look good on paper, their impact can be detrimental to the patients they seek to help.. Using “Legislating Compassion” as our guide, ASA staff and our advisory committees ASA can now offer patient advocates and policy makers legislative and regulatory analysis, amendments for legislation and regulations, strategy advice, campaign development and support, and targeted lobbying materials.. ASA also created a unique text and video-based online.. Advocates Training Center.. and a 300-page companion workbook to help ensure that grassroots advocate shave knowledge, skills, and tools they need to be effective in the increasing complicated filed of medical cannabis.. The training center and workbook discuss medical cannabis history and legal issues.. They also provide practical help in building skills in advocacy, media relations, community organizing, coalition building, and more.. As states across the country have granted patients’ rights to access medical cannabis, a new industry has formed to meet these needs.. Many states and localities have created regulations to govern the location, size, taxation and even the ownership and management structures of these businesses and non-profit organizations.. While these regulations are important in integrating these businesses into the local landscape they do not, for the most part, address the safety of the product being sold or the distribution model providing patient access.. In 2011, ASAF began working with the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) to create industry standards in the form of recommendations for regulators in the areas of Distribution, Cultivation, Analytics, and Manufacturing, Packaging and Labeling.. These recommendations are the cornerstone of ASAF’s.. Patients First Certification and Education Program.. created to address product and distribution safety in the medical cannabis industry.. The PFC program provides components for operators, legislators and regulators to promote the adoption of safe and reasonable industry standards and regulations.. In 2013, ASA launched the.. Peace For Patient Campaign;.. with the goal of ending the federal war on medical cannabis patients published the What’s the Cost report to educate federal policy makers about both the human cost and financial burden tax payers are footing for this war.. Everyday ASA and ASAF staff are on the frontlines of the medical marijuana movement working with our members to shape policy and public opinion moving toward our goals.. By participating in this movement, you are helping create the future of medical cannabis in your city, state, and nation.. By donating to ASA.. , you can help ensure that we will reach our goals!.. Until there’s safe access, we are Americans for Safe Access.. Welcome to the movement.. Contact.. National Office.. 1806 Vernon Street NW.. Washington, D.. C.. 20009.. Phone: (202) 857-4272.. Fax: (202) 618-697.. Southern California Office.. Hollywood, CA.. (323) 326-6347.. In This Section.. Biographies and information about ASA's board.. Biographies and information about ASA's staff.. Meet ASA's business sponsors and allies.. Employment opportunities with Americans for Safe Access.. Organizations, chapters and associates that we work with.. ASA Leadership.. ASA Chapters, Action Groups and Affiliates.. Like us to spread the word.. Tweet.. Search.. Resources.. Take Action Now!.. Online Store (coming soon!).. Training Center.. Chapters Groups.. Spread the Word!.. State Advocacy Resources.. Select a State.. Alabama.. Alaska.. Arizona.. Arkansas.. California.. Colorado.. Connecticut.. Delaware.. District Of Columbia.. Florida.. Georgia.. Hawaii.. Idaho.. Illinois.. Indiana.. Iowa.. Kansas.. Kentucky.. Louisiana.. Maine.. Maryland.. Massachusetts.. Michigan.. Minnesota.. Mississippi.. Missouri.. Montana.. Nebraska.. Nevada.. New Hampshire.. New Jersey.. New Mexico.. New York.. North Carolina.. North Dakota.. Ohio.. Oklahoma.. Oregon.. Pennsylvania.. Rhode Island.. South Carolina.. South Dakota.. Tennessee.. Texas.. Utah.. 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  • Title: ASA Board - Americans for Safe Access
    Descriptive info: ASA Board.. Dr.. Sunil Kumar Aggarwal (ASA Foundation Board Member).. Sunil Kumar Aggarwal (M.. D.. , 2010, Ph.. , Medical Geography, 2008, University of Washington, NIH-supported Medical Scientist Training Program) is an Associate Member of the New York Academy of Medicine and a Resident in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at NYU’s Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine.. As a NSF Graduate Research Fellow, he conducted human studies of medical cannabis use under the first-ever granted federal Certificates of Confidentiality which protected 176 enrolled study subjects recruited both from sites of both cannabis delivery and medical consultation.. He has published in journals of Pain medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, General Medicine, and Law, in addition to a book chapter for the general public and a chapter in a supportive oncology textbook.. He has presented at the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and the University of Denver School of Law, and provided testimony to multiple state Boards of Pharmacy.. He served an expert reviewer for the AMA Council on Science and Public Health’s report on medical cannabis science and led the effort to change the organization’s policy such that they now urge the government to reconsider the schedule I status of cannabis.. Learn why Dr.. Sunil Kumar Aggarwal joined the ASA Board.. !.. Bianca Barnhill (ASA Board Member).. Bianca Barnhill was a successful model traveling the world and working for top designers Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Armani for 15 years.. Her career was cut short when she was diagnosed with ColoRectal cancer.. 2 years post cancer she discovered cannabis as an alternative to the 13 medications she was taking and realized it’s medical benefits.. Since making this discovery Bianca has worked as a West Coast Correspondent for High Times Magazine utilizing her mainstream network to come forward for the Medical Cannabis Movement and speak on this issue.. After working at the first High Times Medical Cannabis Cup in San Francisco 3 years ago and she met several fellow patients.. It was then she realized it was her duty to lend her voice to the movement.. When she was searching for somewhere to put her new found activist energy, she found ASA that shared her personal mission to change laws and create new rights by bringing the patients voice to the struggle for safe and legal access.. David Bearman (ASA Board Member).. David Bearman, MD is one of the most clinically knowledgeable physicians in the U.. S.. in the field of medicinal marijuana and was a pioneer in the free and community clinic movement.. His career includes public health, administrative medicine, provision of primary care, pain management and cannabinology.. Bearman has taught courses on psychoactive drugs at UCSF, UCSB and SDSU, and has worked at all levels of government including USPHS, Director of Sutter County Health Department, and Director of SDSU Student Health Services.. He has over 40 years of experience providing drug abuse treatment and prevention and was named Doctor of the Day by the Wall Street Journal Medical Blog in 2007.. In 2001 after retiring as Deputy Director of the Santa Barbara Regional Health Authority, Dr.. Bearman began his private practice in the field of pain management.. He has served as an expert witness in numerous court cases and has written articles for journals and magazines as well as the book Demons, Discrimination, and Dollars: A Brief History of American Drug Policy.. Bearman was recently recognized by NORML with the Peter McWilliams Award for his work in promoting medical cannabis.. Ben Bronfman (ASA Board Member).. Ben Bronfman is a founding member of Global Thermostat, an atmospheric carbon capture firm with offices in New York and Menlo Park, CA.. He is also the co-founder of BIM a mobile payments start up with offices in New York and Atlanta.. When not working on these projects he enjoys making music and has produced tracks for Kanye West and others.. Don Duncan (ASA ASA Foundation Board Member).. Don Duncan has served on the Board of Directors since he co-founded American for Safe Access in 2002.. As California Director, he is coordinating the grassroots and grasstops campaign to fully implement the states medical cannabis laws, respond to federal interference, and build a broader and more powerful coalition for medical cannabis in California.. Mr.. Duncan was instrumental in galvanizing grassroots resistance to federal raids and in seeding local self-regulatory alliances for medical cannabis providers statewide.. He has worked closely with elected officials,  ...   a project to develop scientific standards for medical cannabis diagnostic laboratories, and is exploring the feasibility of developing a data base of cannabis strains through genetic fingerprinting.. When Beth entered the cannabis industry she immediately recognized that ASA was the organization that best aligned with her passion to protect the personal rights of patients.. ASA was also the perfect platform to press the DEA to re-schedule cannabis, which would spur scientific research and lead to the development of new prescription forms of cannabis.. Finally, ASA was also an essential tool for navigating the fractured politics of cannabis regulation in California.. Through her ASA membership and subsequent appointment to the Board of Directors, Beth relishes the opportunity to work with the talented staff and members of ASA to protect patient’s rights to access cannabis that has been grown without the use of dangerous chemicals and tested by a qualified laboratory to ensure the safety and quality of their medicine.. Lisa Molyneux (ASA Board Member).. Lisa Molyneux is a former broadcast engineer with Fox New Sports in Los Angeles, left her job to open Greenway Compassionate Relief Inc.. in Harvey West in 2005.. She began using medical marijuana in 1997, to help ease nausea caused by radiation treatment, and to stimulate a diminished appetite.. She is a breast cancer survivor and a tireless advocate for safe and legal access.. She joined the Americans for Safe Access Foundation board in 20009 to bring her experiences as a medical cannabis advocate to the work of ASAF.. Karen Munkacy (ASA Foundation Board Member).. Karen Munkacy, MD received her BS in Biomedical Science from the University of Michigan and is also a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School.. Munkacy has a broad public health background including comprehensive experience in clinical practice, training doctors, research, clinical consulting, and system development.. She is also board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.. In addition to her participation on ASA’S MSAB, Dr.. Munkacy is also currently a board member for the Rothschild Foundation.. Michelle Sexton (ASA Foundation Board Member).. Michelle Sexton is a Naturopathic Doctor, herbalist, educator and clinical.. Cannabis.. researcher.. Sexton completed a postdoctoral fellowship focused on the endogenous cannabinoid signaling system (eCS) in the Departments of Pharmacology and Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the University of Washington.. On an award from the National Center for Complimentary and Alterative Medicine (NCCAM) Dr.. Sexton’s completed a clinical study measuring novel immune markers in Multiple Sclerosis and the effect of Cannabis use on these markers.. Sexton is passionate about and skilled in lecturing on the biochemistry and pharmacology of the eCS, the phytochemistry of Cannabis and the clinical intersection of the two.. It is her specific passion to educate care providers on how to help guide patients in its’ rational use.. Sexton practices clinically and is research faculty at Bastyr University Research Institute.. She previously owned a company that provided chemical analysis of.. varieties grown in Washington State.. She is a technical advisor to the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia on the development of a Cannabis monograph.. Currently she is dividing her time between Washington, California and Texas (where her grandchildren live!).. Michelle Sexton joined the ASA Board.. Steph Sherer (ASA ASA Foundation Board Member).. Steph Sherer is the founder and Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access.. She has become the foremost international leader and expert on medical cannabis patient advocacy.. Her highly acclaimed strategic skill in keeping patients needs at the forefront of the medical marijuana debate has brought safe and legal access to medical cannabis to millions of Americans.. Steph is a medical cannabis patient with over fourteen years of experience servicing and managing non-profit businesses and community organizations.. She is an experienced strategist, trainer, fundraiser, and organizer.. During her career, she has worked with community development, education, social justice, human rights, labor, peace, social change, and youth programs.. She is a forceful advocate, a skilled spokesperson, and an energetic initiator of campaigns.. As the founder of ASA, she has built a powerful organization by bringing together an exceptional staff team, prominent volunteer leaders, and thou- sands of patient activists nationwide.. She has created the strategic framework for ASA, and, in addition to harnessing the resources to implement her vision, she participates in the organization as a patient spokesperson, an organizer and trainer, and a powerful lobbyist for patient's rights.. Why I joined the ASA Board.. Learn why members of ASA's Board of Directors joined the ASA Foundation and ASA Board.. Why I joined the Board..

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  • Title: ASA Staff - Americans for Safe Access
    Descriptive info: Staff.. Steph Sherer, Executive Director.. email:.. steph@safeaccessnow.. phone:.. (202) 857-4272.. Steph Sherer is a medical marijuana patient with over eleven years of experience servicing and managing non-profit businesses and community organizations including: event planning, consulting, fund development, public relations, and project management.. She has worked with community development, education, social justice, human rights, peace, social change, and youth programs.. She is a powerful advocate, a skilled spokesperson, and an energetic initiator of campaigns.. Steph is a nationally recognized activist in the global justice movement and has received several community awards for work including the San Diego Peacemaker of the Year Award in 2003.. She is a guest lecturer at University California, Berkeley and George Washington University, DC.. Don Duncan, California Director.. Don@safeaccessnow.. Joe Elford, Chief Counsel.. joe@safeaccessnow.. 510-251-1856 x320.. After graduating from Yale Law School in 1996, Joe served as a law clerk for the Honorable Vaughn Walker of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.. In 2003, he assisted in the defense of Edward Rosenthal, and successfully litigated his appeal.. After joining ASA, Joe compelled the California Highway Patrol to revise its policy regarding the seizure of medical marijuana from qualified patients through a civil action in 2005, and later established through a published decision in Garden Grove v.. Superior Court that patients whose medical marijuana is seized are entitled to the return of their medicine.. Recently, Joe won the appeal of Jovan Jackson in San Diego, which creates precedent establishing the legality of medical marijuana dispensaries in California.. On October 18, 2012, Joe argued a case to reschedule marijuana before the District of Columbia Circuit.. Kris Hermes, Media Specialist.. kris@safeaccessnow.. 510-251-1856 x307.. Kris Hermes brings nearly 30 years of social justice activism experience to the fight for safe access to medical marijuana.. He has worked in various cities around the U.. generating media and mobilizing people to effect change in federal and state policy on issues involving hunger, poverty, criminal justice, and access to health care.. Before joining ASA, he dedicated much of his time to legal activism, helping support those arrested during mass demonstrations and acts of civil disobedience.. Previously as ASA's Legal Campaign Director, Kris and the legal staff led the organization in numerous victories that have provided greater protection for thousands of patients.. Since 2007, Kris has been issuing media releases, organizing press conferences, drafting critical reports, and engaging in media strategy efforts on behalf of ASA and the advancement of medical marijuana policy at all levels of government.. William Dolphin, Managing Editor.. william@safeaccessnow.. 510-251-1856 x309.. William Dolphin is responsible for ASA's newsletters and other print publications, such as the booklets on treating specific conditions, state legal manuals, and activist training materials.. He has been part of ASA's communications team since 2003, when he joined the organization after contributing to a media relations campaign for author Ed Rosenthal's landmark federal trial that generated coverage by the.. New York Times.. and major networks.. His work as a writer and editor has ranged from think tanks and city governments to universities and publishers, and he  ...   make sure these laws result in patients having legal and affordable access to medicine.. Talana Lattimer, Communications Director.. talana@safeaccessnow.. Talana Lattimer is the Communications Director at Americans for Safe Access (ASA), where she builds social advocacy campaigns that leverage digital media and marketing communications to impact policy initiatives.. Before joining ASA, Talana worked for the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), where is lead the National office’s digital practices.. Talana worked to develop and execute social media strategies and multimedia projects where is she specialized in customizing content for the Web, and viral interactive media.. She has served as a media trainer and public speaker for various social change organizations.. Prior to ACTE, Talana worked on media and communications campaigns for the Terry McAuliffe gubernatorial campaign, Department of Commerce, Marguerite Casey Foundation’s Equal Voices for America Campaign and American University.. In addition, she is an award winning producer, having produced for CNN, CBS News, XM Sirius Satellite Radio, Black Entertainment Television and WTTG Fox 5 to name a few.. Jill Lamoureux, Patient Focused Program Director.. jill@safeaccessnow.. (720) 335-1386.. Jill’s background is in toll road operations and municipal bond finance; she received an MBA from the University of Denver in 1999.. Jill has been a leader in Colorado’s medical marijuana industry since 2008 when she and her husband began one of the state’s most respected multi-location dispensary operations.. She is a founding member of and served as the first woman Chairman of the National Cannabis Industry Association.. Jill has presented on medical marijuana business topics and has taught CLE courses on rules and regulations nationally and in Canada.. She was the only business owner to serve on both the Department of Revenue and Department of Health regulatory advisory workgroups.. Jill developed the Patients First Certification program for Americans for Safe Access and serves as its Program Director.. Recently, she served as a subject matter expert consulting to the BOTEC team advising Washington State on rule-making issues for recreational marijuana operations.. As a former dispensary and cultivation owner and operator, she brings first-hand experience to her compliance work and procedures writing.. Jill has provided regulatory consulting for all three medical marijuana trade associations in Colorado and holds contracts with both legal and consulting groups providing compliance, application management, and writing services.. Currently, Jill is working on applications and procedures for dispensaries, manufacturers, and cultivation facilities in Massachusetts with Vicente Sederberg, LLC and in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Illinois, Nevada, the District of Columbia, and Canada with Denver Relief Consulting.. Hunter Holliman, Operations Manager.. hunter@safeaccessnow.. After completing his Masters in Human Rights, Hunter came to ASA through his involvement with the San Francisco Chapter.. Having been a patient in California for nearly a decade, he also has a background in dispensary work and served on the San Francisco Medical Cannabis Task Force.. Hunter relocated to Washington, DC in late 2012 to work as ASA's National Field Coordinator.. Hunter is committed to ASA's efforts toward creating a more compassionate, sustainable drug policy, and he is proud to be a member of the country's leading medical cannabis organization..

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  • Title: ASA Sponsors - Americans for Safe Access
    Descriptive info: ASA Sponsors.. Emerald Sponsors.. Bronner’s Magic S.. oaps.. Bronner’s Magic Soaps are synonymous with Old-World quality and time-honored simplicity, which can be traced back to the family’s German-Jewish soap making tradition.. Born in 1908 to a Jewish family that had been making soap since 1858, Emanuel Bronner was the third generation certified as a master-soapmaker under the guild system of the time.. In 1929, he brought his formulas for high-quality liquid and bar soaps to America, starting Dr.. Bronner’s Magic Soaps in its current form in 1948.. 2008 marks both the 60th anniversary of Dr.. Bronner’s Magic Soaps in America and the 150th anniversary of our family’s first soapmaking activity in southern Germany.. We strive to honor our heritage with progressive business practices, while devoting profits to worthwhile causes and charities worldwide.. Bonner's Magic Soaps.. P.. O.. Box 28.. Toll Free (877) 786-3649.. http://www.. drbronner.. com/.. Green Standard Diagnostics.. Green Standard Diagnostics is an analytical laboratory serving the medical cannabis industry.. We test for growers, manufacturers and dispensaries to ensure that patients receive safe and effective medicine.. Platinum Sponsors.. The Apothecarium.. We are a licensed, full-service medical cannabis dispensary located in San Francisco's historic Castro district.. We provide our members access to a wide variety of appropriately priced medication in a safe, well appointed setting.. We offer a broad spectrum of medicinal options for our members, including flowers, edibles, topicals, and concentrates.. We carry compassionately priced medication as well as top shelf selections.. Our knowledgeable patient consultants are always available to assist our members in selecting the appropriate medicine for their needs.. Our location is easily accessible by foot, public transit, or automobile.. Hours: Open Daily 11am - 8 pm.. 2095 Market Street at Church.. San Francisco, CA 94114.. (415) 500-2620.. http://apothecariumsf.. com.. MedBox, Inc.. Our Company features patented systems that dispense medication to individuals based on biometric identification (fingerprint sample).. Our newly designed systems allow pharmacies, assisted living facilities, prisons, hospitals, doctors' offices, and alternative medicine clinics to help manage employee possession of sensitive drugs.. In a retail environment typical in most alternative medicine clinics, the system also allows these clinics to document that the user is a registered patient and that the patient has a valid and unexpired authorization from a physician to possess and use the medicine dispensed.. 8439 West Sunset Blvd.. Suite 101.. West Hollywood California 90069.. 866-592-5890.. thedispensingsolution.. info@thedispensingsolution.. Gold Sponsors.. Berkeley Patient's Care Collective..  ...   10am-5:45pm.. 301 East Todd Road.. Santa Rosa California 95407.. 707-588-8811.. organicann.. Remedy Compassion Center.. Remedy Compassion Center is a nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary regulated by Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).. At Remedy Compassion Center, you’ll feel as safe and comfortable purchasing your medical cannabis as you would picking up a prescription at your neighborhood pharmacy.. Our knowledgeable staff can help you choose the most effective product and teach you how to use it, including smoke-free alternatives.. Our mission is to help improve your quality of life with an effective herbal remedy from a trusted source.. Hours: Tue-Fri 11am - 5pm, Sat 11am-4pm.. 730 Center Street/Route 4m Suite 1-C.. Auburn,Maine.. Toll Free: 800-809-1464 • info@remedycompassioncenter.. remedycompassioncenter.. San Francisco Patient And Resource Center (SPARC).. SPARC is a nonprofit collective dedicated to providing lab-tested, affordable, high quality cannabis and subsidized health services to our members.. We aim to educate our patients about cannabis treatments and other alternative health approaches to supplement their medicine.. SPARC advocates for government change.. We seek to be a voice for the implementation of best practices for the regulation and taxation of medical cannabis.. 1256 Mission Street.. San Francisco California 94103.. 415-252-7727.. sparcsf.. Silver Sponsors.. The Farmacy (aka Tea Sympathy).. Our First and Primary Goal is to help YOU, our patient, to be as healthy and balanced as possible, while minimizing the number and amount of medications that you need to take.. Hours: M-Sat 10am-7:45pm Sun 12-7pm.. 3 Locations.. West Hollywood, Venice, and West California 90046.. (323) 848-7981.. the-farmacy.. Peace in Medicine.. Peace in Medicine is a grassroots, community-based, healing center offering support and alternative health resources to people facing health challenges.. Our primary goal is to advocate and support a proactive approach to health management by providing a local, affordable, and safe environment to dispense medical cannabis and offer other alternative health services.. Hours: M-Thur 10:30am - 7pm F-Sat 10:30am - 7pm Sun 12pm - 7pm.. 6771 Sebastopol Ave.. Sebastopol California 95472.. (707) 823-4206.. peaceinmedicine.. Bronze Sponsors.. Green Relief.. 124 Sutter St.. between Polk St United States Highway 101.. San Francisco, CA 94109.. (415) 351-1919.. getgreenrelief.. Marina Caregivers.. 730 Washington Blvd.. Marina del Ray, CA 90292.. (310) 574-4000.. marinacaregivers.. Friends.. California Patients Alliance.. 8271 Melrose Ave.. Suite 102.. Los Angeles California 90046.. 323-655-1735.. Cannabis Club Network.. 350 Townsend Street, Suite #404.. San Francisco, California 94107.. Patient Info Toll-Free (888) MMJ-0420.. Ad Sales Support (877) 585-3158..

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  • Title: Job Opportunities - Americans for Safe Access
    Descriptive info: Job Opportunities.. Field and Legislative Internships: Washington DC.. We are currently taking applications for smart, politically engaged candidates for Field and Legislative internships that will support medical cannabis by lending a hand.. Interns will be based in our National Office in Washington, DC.. Intern responsibilities:.. Implementation of national political strategy to build Congressional support for Federal legislation.. Organizing and outreach to ASA members, chapters and allies.. Administrative support in ASA office.. Online communications support.. Legislative and political research to support ASA campaigns.. Interns will work closely with the DC-based National Field Director, as well as with the DC-based Policy Director.. Priority will be given to qualified candidates who are available to work a minimum of 6 hours per week for 8 weeks.. Of course, greater availability facilitates more substantive internship opportunities.. Qualifications:.. Passion for political advocacy and reform of marijuana laws to facilitate access to medical marijuana.. Though not necessary, past experience with grassroots campaigns and/or political research is a plus.. Good verbal and written communication skills.. Minimum availability: • Minimum availability: 6 hours per week for 8 weeks.. Of course, greater availability facilitates more substantive internship assignments.. Other Information: The internship is unpaid.. ASA staff will work  ...   responsibilities will vary but in general include administrative support to staff; researching and reviewing medical cannabis policy topics; drafting of memos, advocacy materials and letters to federal policy makers; and, attending hearings, briefings and various meetings where appropriate.. Successful candidates will demonstrate a willingness to undertake unfamiliar initiatives with enthusiasm and creativity, and possess an informed knowledge about the issues facing medical cannabis patients and their providers.. Applicants should possess a sense of humor, excellent research, communication and organizational skills, have the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously while working independently or as a team, and have some basic understanding of the federal legislative process.. Some prior campaign experience preferred but not necessary.. Other Information:.. The internship is an unpaid experience, but ASA staff will work to ensure academic credit is received, if applicable.. Interns are expected to work in our Washington, DC office between 8-15 hours per week.. The minimum duration of an internship is 8 weeks.. Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample (no more than 5 pages) to ASA at.. action@safeaccessnow.. All applicants will be notified of our receipt of application.. ; only selected applicants will be contacted for phone or in-person interviews..

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  • Title: Links & Partner Organizations - Americans for Safe Access
    Descriptive info: Links & Partner Organizations.. Partners.. American Herbal Products Association.. Founded in 1982, AHPA is the oldest of the non-profit organizations that specializes in service to the herbal industry.. It is the voice of the herbal products industry and the recognized leader in representing the botanical trade.. With more than 300 members, AHPA's membership represents the finest growers, processors, manufacturers, and marketers of botanical and herbal products.. United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW).. UFCW is made up of more than 1.. 3 million people working primarily in grocery and retail stores, and in the food processing and meat packing industries.. Together, we are proud to put the food on America’s tables.. Members work in all 50 states, and in Canada, and belong to more than 400 local unions.. They are also the union with the largest percentage of members under the age of 35 and are made up of both full and part-time workers.. TheAnswerPage.. TheAnswerPage was launched in 1998 to provide daily education to doctors in training and in practice.. TheAnswerPage provides content that is designed to satisfy the new credentialing and licensure requirements for CME in Pain, Opioid Prescribing, Palliative Care, Risk Management and Medical Marijuana.. American Herbal Pharmacopoeia.. The Mission of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) is to promote the responsible use of herbal medicines and ensure they are used with the highest possible degree of efficacy and safety.. Our primary way to accomplish this is through the development of standards of identity, purity, and analysis for botanicals, as well as to critically review traditional and scientific data regarding their efficacy and safety.. Chapters Affiliates.. Chapter and Action Group List.. Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance.. MPAA works with medical marijuana patients, their family members, medical professionals, and other public health groups to support regulated access to medical marijuana for people who have a doctor’s recommendation.. We are a primarily volunteer driven group, and our focus is on legislative reform.. Resourceful Links.. American Academy of HIV Medicine.. The American Academy of HIV Medicine is an independent organization of AAHIVM HIV SpecialistsTM and others dedicated to promoting excellence in HIV/AIDS care.. Through advocacy and education, the Academy is committed to supporting health care providers in HIV medicine and to ensuring better care for those living with AIDS and HIV disease.. American Civil Liberties Union.. The works daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.. Their job is to conserve America's original civic values: the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.. American Public Health Association.. The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the  ...   dedicated to research in all fields of the cannabinoids, ranging from biochemical, chemical and physiological studies of the endogenous cannabinoid system to studies of the abuse potential of recreational cannabis.. In addition to acting as a source for impartial information on cannabis and the cannabinoids, the main role of the ICRS is to provide a forum for researchers to meet and discuss their results.. Lymphoma Foundation of America.. Lymphoma Foundation of America is the national organization devoted solely to helping lymphoma patients and their families.. They are dedicated to helping you find the best care available for your type of lymphoma.. They offer support, experience, advice, and a helping hand.. All programs and services are free.. Media Awareness Project.. MAP exists to provide accurate information relevant to drug policy in order to heighten awareness of the extreme damage being caused to our nation and the world by our current flawed and failed "War on Drugs.. " MAP aims to inform the public of the existence of rational alternatives to the drug war, and to help organize citizens to bring about needed reforms.. Medical Marijuana ProCon.. This site presents in a simple, nonpartisan pro-con format, responses to the core question "Should marijuana be a medical option now?" We have divided questions about the topic into the issues and sub-issues listed below.. All individuals and organizations quoted on our site are ranked based upon our unique credibility scale.. Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies.. The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a membership-based non-profit research and educational organization.. They assist scientists to design, obtain approval for, fund, conduct and report on research into the healing and spiritual potentials of psychedelics and cannabis.. National Multiple Sclerosis Society.. The mission of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is to end the devastating effects of MS.. The Society and its network of chapters nationwide promote research, educate, advocate on critical issues, and organize a wide range of programs— including support for the newly diagnosed and those living with MS over time.. Patients Out of Time.. The mission of Patients Out of Time is the education of health care professionals and the public about the therapeutic use of cannabis.. Their leadership is composed of medical and nursing professionals with expertise in the clinical applications of cannabis and five of the seven patients (two wish to remain anonymous) who receive their medical cannabis from the US government.. Students for Sensible Drug Policy.. Students for Sensible Drug Policy is committed to providing education on harms caused by the War on Drugs, working to involve youth in the political process, and promoting an open, honest, and rational discussion of alternative solutions to our nation's drug problems..

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  • Title: The Science - Americans for Safe Access
    Descriptive info: Medical.. Medical and Scientific Information about Cannabis (marijuana).. Discover how to talk to your doctor about medical cannabis, how to become a state-authorized patient (where legal), basic science and legal rights for patients, how to safely use medical cannabis, and how to get involved with medical cannabis advocacy.. Welcome medical professionals! I am honored to be able to welcome you to the medical professionals section of the American For Safe Access website, where you will find useful information regarding medical marijuana practice policies and procedures in your locality, as well as scientific and practice ethics information..

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  • Title: Resources for Patients - Americans for Safe Access
    Descriptive info: Resources for Patients.. A Note From the Executive Director.. In 2000, I sustained a severe injury that left me with lack of mobility in my neck, neurological spasms, and severe chronic pain.. I had to take painkillers, muscle relaxants, and high doses of ibuprofen to relieve the pain and calm the spasms.. After about a year, I started having problems with my stomach and kidneys as a result of the medications.. Six months later, my doctor put me on diuretics and warned me that I might have to start dialysis.. I was 23 years old and terrified.. Then one day, my doctor shut the exam-room door behind him and asked me in a whisper, "Do you smoke marijuana?" When I said no, he asked, "Do you know anyone who does?" thought he was trying to buy marijuana from me! My doctor quickly reassured me.. He explained that he did not know very.. much about medical cannabis, but he had seen a few patients with similar intolerance to pain medications who had cut their medication intake by at least half by using cannabis.. He said he did not want to put me on dialysis.. If I could find some marijuana, we should try it.. It was the first time that I had ever really thought about marijuana as medicine.. I probably had the same amount of information on the subject that most Americans had at the time.. I was in favor of it in principle, but I did not know anything about the law.. Of course, I did not want sick people to go to jail for following their doctors' advice, but I had never heard about the emerging scientific research or considered the needs of patients.. I thought medical cannabis was only for dying people with AIDS or cancer.. Now I was facing my own medical crisis and the choice between dialysis and cannabis seemed an easy one to make, regardless of the law.. But information about cannabis as medicine was extremely hard to find.. I started calling friends, and friends of friends, to try to find access to the plant, but none of these individuals could really explain how to use cannabis as a medicine, what delivery systems were available to me, or how cannabis worked.. I felt alone as I started experimenting with the medicine.. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't.. After months of going at this alone, a friend told me about a few medical cannabis centers in California's San Francisco Bay Area.. The successful use of cannabis therapeutics in my life is a direct result of the guidance I received from the staff of one of these facilities.. Access means Action.. So much has changed over the past 13 years.. New resources, such as this website, make learning about cannabis therapeutics and the laws an easier for patients.. But the battle for safe and legal access to this medication rages on.. Medical cannabis patients and their providers remain vulnerable to federal and state raids, arrest, prosecution, and incarceration.. As a result, these individuals may suffer pervasive discrimination in employment, child custody, housing, public accommodation, education and medical care.. Laws protecting patients and their providers vary from state to state and, in some cases, may even vary from county to county or city to city.. Many sick or injured Americans choose to break outdated state laws that do not account for medical use or access to the medicine their doctor recommends.. And no matter what state you are living in, medical cannabis patients and their providers are always violating federal law.. The history of medical cannabis in the US is filled with stories of heroic patients who laid the foundation of safe access and built a movement.. At the heart of this movement are the people who are willing to commit daily acts of civil disobedience to provide safe access for patients like me—people willing to stand up against injustice, to fight in the  ...   and recommending it to their patients.. Doctors are accustomed to patients bringing ideas to them about treatment options and preferences, and cannabis therapeutics should be no different.. Cannabis Safety.. Cannabis and its psychoactive cannabinoid, THC, have an excellent safety profile.. The Drug Awareness Warning Network Annual Report, published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), contains a statistical compilation of all drug deaths which occur in the United States.. According to this report, there has never been a death recorded from the use of cannabis.. What the Science Says.. The documented use of cannabis as a safe and effective therapeutic botanical dates to 2700 BC.. Between 1840 and 1900, European and American journals of medicine published more than 100 articles on the therapeutic use of cannabis.. In fact, cannabis was part of the American pharmacopoeia until 1942, and is currently available by prescription in Canada, the Netherlands, Israel, and Germany.. Guide to using medical cannabis.. Cannabis leaves and flowers are consumed in several forms: dried flower buds or various types of concentrated, loose, or pressed resin extracted from the flowers or leaves through a variety of methods.. Once mature, the plant’s leaves and flowers are covered with trichomes, tiny glands of resinous oil containing cannabinoids and terpenes that provide physical and psychoactive effects.. Growing Tips.. First-time cannabis growers should start with a soil-based system rather than other more complicated methods such as hydroponics.. Your first harvest will help you get the feel for the growth and life cycle of cannabis.. This will help you build confidence that things are going well for your next harvest.. Recipes for non-inhalation delivery methods.. The following recipes come from the Vancouver Island Compassion Society (www.. thevics.. com).. Please note that not all state medical cannabis laws allow for cannabis concentrates.. Where they do not, manufacture or possession of these substances usually carries serious penalties.. Knowing Your Rights.. Medical cannabis patients and their providers are vulnerable to federal and state raids, arrest, prosecution, and incarceration.. Laws protecting patients and their providers vary from state to state and, in some cases, may vary from county to county.. Many individuals choose to break outdated state laws that do not account for medical use or their access.. Resources for Your Doctor and Family.. Highly informative booklets on the use of cannabis to treat HIV/AIDS (pdf), Multiple Sclerosis (pdf), Arthritis, Gastro-Intestinal Disorders, Movement Disorders, Cancer, Chronic Pain, and issues associated with Aging.. Become a Medical Cannabis Advocate.. Connect with local ASA Chapters, Action Groups and Affiliates in your area to get started.. Also learn how to start your own Chapter or Action Group, or how to become an Affiliate if there are none in your area.. Facing state or federal charges?.. Unfortunately, patients, caregivers, and providers are still vulnerable to federal and state arrests, prosecutions, and incarceration.. They also suffer pervasive discrimination in employment, child custody, housing, public accommodation, education and medical care.. If you are arrested for a marijuana offense and the prosecutor files charges, you will first face an arraignment, where you will plead guilty or not guilty.. If you plead not guilty, you will have various motions hearings and eventually you may go to trial before a jury or judge, and the process may take a significant amount of time.. The information below has been created to help navigate you through this process.. Purchase A Patients' Guide to Medical Cannabis On Kindle.. This guide for patients who use medical marijuana (cannabis) covers everything you need to know.. Created by Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a non-profit advocacy organization, this publication will help individuals who are using or considering cannabis treatments to better educate themselves, their families and their physicians.. ASA has been developing information resources about medical marijuana (cannabis) for patients, their families, doctors, and elected officials for over a decade.. All proceeds raised from the sale of this publication go to promote the work of Americans for Safe Access..

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  • Title: Resources for Medical Professionals - Americans for Safe Access
    Descriptive info: Resources for Medical Professionals & Researchers.. Resources for Medical Professionals and Researchers.. A note from Sunil Aggarwal, M.. , Ph.. The medicinal properties of cannabis are varied given the multiplicity of physiological roles of the endocannabinoid system, a ubiquitous molecular signaling system at which compounds in cannabis have robust receptor-based actions.. There is much we now understand, but still much left to discover.. Even though you may not have received training in health professional schools in cannabis therapeutics for symptom management such as pain and spasm, for disease modification, or prevention, there is still plenty of time to get up-to-date.. As all doctors know, the practice of medicine involves lifelong learning.. An incentive to learn about medicinal cannabis is that it is an extremely safe form of medicine.. There are no overdose-deaths ever recorded over the thousands of years that it has been used in traditional and modern medicine, and there are no known end-organ toxicities necessitating routine laboratory monitoring.. Additionally, in this era of rising health care costs, cannabis can be produced cheaply and locally, which helps us move towards more affordable and sustainable health care.. And if there were any doubt about whether botanical cannabis medicinals really work per the dictates of evidence-based medicine, we now have many published medium and large randomized, placebo-controlled trials with cannabis in oral and inhaled forms, demonstrating efficacy for a variety of maladies such as neuropathic pain, symptom control in multiple sclerosis, and others.. I am a medical geographer and physician completing post-graduate training in the areas of physical medicine and rehabilitation and hospice and palliative medicine.. When I started my training in medicine, I chose to take a longer path by joining a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-supported Medical Scientist Training Program at my medical school  ...   such as the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academies of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and others.. Given the ongoing evolving legal landscape regarding cannabis, it is more important than ever that medical professionals stay committed to time-honored codes of medical ethics to serve in the best interests of patients, to advocate for changes in the laws that do not serve the best interests of patients, and to serve humanity.. Medical cannabis may be one way for us to help find a way back to reaffirming these principles which are at the heart of the Hippocratic Oath and Code of Medical Ethics.. Your Colleague,.. Sunil Aggarwal, M.. ASA Foundation Board Member.. Scientific History of Medical Cannabis.. Cannabis was a part of the American pharmacopoeia until 1942 and is currently available by prescription in the Netherlands, Canada, Spain, and Israel in its whole plant form.. How Safe is Cannabis?.. Medical Cannabis Research.. In response to claims that cannabis has "no accepted medical value", we have collected research on cannabinoids and the therapeutic use of cannabis.. Specific Conditions.. These booklets summarize the history of medical cannabis and the recent research on using it to treat a variety of conditions, including Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Pain, Arthritis, Gastro-Intestinal Disorders, Movement Disorders, HIV/AIDS, and conditions related to Aging.. State-by-State: Recommending Cannabis.. A brief history on recommending medical cannabis as well as a list for medical professionals of the laws around recommending cannabis in each state.. This is the perfect place for nurses and doctors to learn about the state-specific laws that pertain to medical cannabis and their practice.. Physician’s code of Ethics and Medical Marijuana.. Excerpted from: AMA’s current opinions on the physician’s code of ethics- http://www.. ama-assn..

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